2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Islamic State shoots down Syrian war plane: monitor group
    Islamic State shoots down Syrian war plane: monitor group

    Islamic State fighters shot down a Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns on Tuesday, the first time the group has downed a military jet since declaring its cross-border caliphate in June, a group monitoring the civil war said. The plane came down outside Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa city, 400 km (250 miles) northeast of Damascus, during air strikes on territory controlled by the group, a resident said. ...

  • Cat Stevens back with album, rare North America tour
    Cat Stevens back with album, rare North America tour

    New York (AFP) - The former Cat Stevens is back with an R&B-influenced album and will tour North America for the first time in more than 35 years, his label said Monday.

  • Moscow warns against panic as ruble plunges to historic lows
    Moscow warns against panic as ruble plunges to historic lows

    Moscow (AFP) - Russian authorities told people not to panic on Tuesday as the battered ruble plunged to record lows, floored by tensions with the West over Ukraine, new sanctions and falling oil prices.

  • Doctor to provide medical update on Toronto mayor

    TORONTO (AP) — A doctor will provide a medical update on controversial Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's tumor on Wednesday, Ford's brother said.

  • Hey, hey it's a Monkee house: Davy Jones home for sale

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A remote Pennsylvania country house and horse farm that the late Monkees lead singer and teen heartthrob Davy Jones called home for nearly 30 years is on the market. The six-bedroom, 3,388-square-foot house, which sits on 15.5 acres (6 hectares), is in Beavertown, a community of 945 people in central Pennsylvania about 53 miles (85 km) north of Harrisburg. Jones went there in 1985 to work with a book collaborator and fell in love with the surrounding horse country. ...

  • Turkish reluctance hurts U.S. plans for coalition against Islamic State

    By Jonny Hogg and Nick Tattersall ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - When Washington takes its bombing campaign against Islamic State fighters into Syria, the most it can probably hope for from one of its closest allies in the region will be grudging consent. Turkey, a NATO member with a big U.S. air base and long borders with both Iraq and Syria, has made clear that it is still unconvinced by U.S. President Barack Obama's plans to bomb Islamic State fighters in two of its neighbors. ...

  • Obama: Ebola crisis 'spiraling out of control'
    Obama: Ebola crisis 'spiraling out of control'

    Atlanta (AFP) - President Barack Obama issued a global call to action to fight West Africa's Ebola epidemic on Tuesday, warning the deadly outbreak was unprecedented and "spiraling out of control," threatening hundreds of thousands of people.

  • Smoking rates on the rise in New York City
    Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.

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